The ADF purchase of 59 refurbished 1989 model M1A1 Abrams battle tanks signals longer term cooperation with the US military due to insufficient Australian transportation capacities to move the massive tanks.
The ADF lacks any landing craft capable of carrying even one of the 68 tonne jet-engined M1A1 Abrams tanks. Even transporting the tanks from their port of entry at Melbourne to their intended station at Darwin is problematic.
Freightlink requires new rolling stock to handle the tanks by rail. Road transport is out; road bridges in the NT are only rated for 50 tonnes. The only way to move the behemoths is to load them on a freighter and unload them at a port.
There will be no amphibious landings; if ADF needs to use the Abrams outside of Australia, they’ll either have to pay a merchant ship to take them to a port in the war zone… or hitch a ride with Uncle Sam.
After 10 months of negotiations with ABC management – and 10 years of bullying and underfunding from the Federal Government – ABC staff will take strike action on Thursday 21 September in support of a better workplace agreement. The action is being taken by both ABC unions: the CPSU and the Media Alliance.
Today, Felten and Haldermanreally put in the boot.
Diebold maintains that there is a locked cover on the memory card port of the AccuVote TS to prevent tampering.
True. There’s definitely a lock.
However, the lock employed is a common hardware grade type, used on hotel mini-bars and filing cabinets. Replacement key copies to fit the Diebold can be ordered from office supply stores for about $8 per key, simply by quoting the number stamped on the face of lock. The Princeton video also showed that a key wasn’t always necessary as one member of the Princeton team could consistently pick the lock in under 10 seconds anyway.
Using such a standard key doesnít provide much security, but it does allow Diebold to assert that their design uses a lock and key. Experts will recognize the same problem in Dieboldís use of encryption ó they can say they use encryption, but they use it in a way that neutralizes its security benefits.
The bad guys donít care whether you use encryption; they care whether they can read and modify your data. They donít care whether your door has a lock on it; they care whether they can get it open. The checkbox approach to security works in press releases, but it doesnít work in the field.
Waiting for Diebold’s reply… and for a number of states to ban machines as easily exploitable as this one.
It’s not the people who vote that count… it’s the people who count the votes.
“If we’re not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation,” said Wynne. “(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press.”
…as if suggesting using DEWs on US citizens in country won’t attract a bit of vilification!
Victims of DEWs will not only suffer intense burning pain just when standing in the beam of a transmitting DEW. Ocular, nerve and reproductive tissues are highly sensitive to temperature. Microwave ovens work by vibrating water molecules, inducing thermal energy into the water and surrounding matter. People exposed to DEWS quite possibly could be paralysed, rendered reproductively sterile and blinded.
I’ve written about DEWs a couple of times in the past, but this is the first time any US official has suggested using them on their own citizens.
Will Secretary Wynne volunteer to try out the non-lethal claim of DEWs?
Not going to chug Jack Daniels waiting for Wynne’s hand to go up.
However, US elections are not run by neutral poll staff nor are tabulated by an independent body such as the AEC in Australia; the polls are run by members of the Republican and Democrat parties. If the machine is hackable, there’s no assurance that it won’t be hacked, as long as partisans are in charge of the polls. It’s a piss-poor design if it relies on everyone’s honesty and good intentions.
Diebold also claims that the virus Princeton created could not spread as the machines are never connected by a network, despite Princeton’s demonstration of the ‘sneakernet’ method of spreading the virus by simply transferring a memory card from one machine to another- no network required.
There’s been some recent rumour of electronic voting machines being adopted in Australia. If we get them, they damned well better give a printed, traceable paper receipt as well as be demonstrably hackproof.